Our Staff & Offices
In 1986, the Blackstone Valley was recognized as a special place and designated as a National Heritage Corridor by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 99-647). A 19-member Federal Commission, appointed by the Governors of each state and approved by the Secretary of the Interior, consists of representatives from the National Park Service, state and local governments, and valley-wide interests, and oversees the Corridor’s operations. For more on the Corridor Commission, please click here.
National Park Service professionals make up the Corridor staff, and include interpretive rangers, planners, managers, and administrative specialists that provide expertise in historic and natural resource preservation, interpretation, education, and recreation development to carry out work as directed by the Commission and outlined in the Ten Year Plan.
The Corridor Commission office is located at One Depot Square (the corner of Main Street and High Street), in Woonsocket, RI.
To see some of the current Corridor Commission projects, please visit Your Dollars at Work.
David St. Louis
Roger Williams National Memorial Site
Did You Know?
Children as young as age six were hired to work in the textile mills of the Blackstone River Valley. These adolescent workers were employed by the Lonsdale Company, c. 1912. Photos such as this helped lead to the passage of child labor laws.